PREVIEW: Polly will take fight to Aussies
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies will look to level the Digicel Twenty20 International Series against Australia on Friday at Kensington Oval.
With the honours shared in the preceding Digicel One-day International series, the Windies will be hoping to also grab a share of the spoils, in what is the last chance at bragging rights before the Digicel three-Test series starts early next month.
The Windies lost the first Digicel T20I last Tuesday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia by eight wickets in a performance that was way below what they had shown in the Digicel ODI Series.
However, Kieron Pollard told reporters here Thursday that Windies would be looking to hit back hard at the Aussies with a stronger performance.
“It’s Twenty20 cricket and obviously you just need one or two players to perform on that day for a team to win and obviously Mike Hussey and Shane Watson had an outstanding day for Australia [on Tuesday],” Pollard said.
“That’s how it goes in T20. Whoever plays the best on the day wins so hopefully we can give a better account of ourselves. We’re one-nil behind so we’ll be looking to bounce back and win the game.”
The top order of West Indies’ batting struggled in Tuesday’s game, as it also did during the one-day series.
This meant Pollard was called upon down the order to lift the innings, and his half-century on Tuesday was an extension of his form from the one-day series.
The big-hitting Trinidadian said this was an area that needed to be addressed urgently.
“It has been no secret. The top order really hasn’t been firing for us, even in the one-day series and now the first game in the T20,” he pointed out.
“We are all aware of that. The different individuals and personnel are aware of that so it’s a matter of them coming and giving their best.
“But that’s how it goes in cricket. Some people have good days and you have bad days and you have to accept when they have down time.”
He added: “The ones who are making runs and performing just need to continue and give the team that strength and that impetus.”
West Indies will be again without exciting all-rounder Andre Russell due to injury and the out-of-form Darren Bravo has been released to play for Trinidad & Tobago in the semi-finals of the Regional 4-Day Tournament against Barbados this weekend on home soil.
Australia, meanwhile, said they will play an unchanged team.
WEST INDIES (from) – Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Carlton Baugh, Nkrumah Bonner, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Danza Hyatt, Garey Mathurin, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Dwayne Smith
AUSTRALIA – George Bailey (captain), Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Matthew Wade, Dan Christian, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty